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Snow Finally Arrives in February

It was a mild winter up until last weekend, when snow flurries began to fall. Overnight Sunday the snow piled up to 6 inches of powdery white. While quite beautiful to observe from the warmth of the living room where we have a view of the barn and fields out our windows, it was not so great to drive in Monday morning as I headed to work.

After work on Monday, I put on my BOGS work boots and went outside to take a few photos.

There are two circa 1940s houses in this photo; in the forefront is our house, which was the farm owner’s home back when this was Haybrook Farms. Further in the distance you can see the ranch manager’s house. 

Above is a view of our property along with the community barn, our shop, and a ridge line of trees covered in snow.

A number of people and animals have ventured out into the snow to walk along the creek behind our house. This is a community path that we all enjoy.

We’ve been watching the birds at the feeder. Time to brush off the snow again.

While I was at work, my daughter built a snow chicken and gave it to the chickens. They then proceeded to destroy there is no picture to show. However, she did make this heart in the snow ❤️


It's now Friday afternoon and the snow has lingered all week.  Snow isn't typical for this area, where milder coastal weather is the norm.  Today the snow flurries began during the morning commute.  By 10:30am, everyone was heading home to avoid being stuck at work or school.  It was a rather scary drive; I had no sooner exited the county parking lot when I slid across the road and was stopped by a curb.  The car careened back the other way, fortuantely sliding to a halt in the middle of the road without hitting anything or anyone.  I proceeded with much trepidation. A red traffic light had me almost permanently stopped, as my tires were spinning out when I tried to go again.  So I crept along at 15 mph most of the way home, speeding up a little in order to get over the hill at Mt. Pleasant and then braking cautiously down the other side and into the S-curve at Morse Creek.  Thankfully I didn't lose control going across the highway onto the snow-packed neighborhood road.  

When I finally slowed to a halt in front of our house, I realized I was trembling - and not from the cold.  Not 15 minutes later, we got word that there were multiple cars skidded off the road and others blocking traffic along the route I had just taken. They closed the highway right outside our neighborhood. I was so grateful to be home and sad for others who were not so fortunate.

My daughter and I then walked out to check on our chickens and the horses and kitty out in the community barn.  We texted the horse families to see if anyone needed help with feeding and care-taking of the animals.  We built a larger snow chicken.  And we took more photos.

Our chickens have no interest in playing in the snow. They've been hunkering down inside their coop.  I don't blame them one bit.

I love the dark blue of my neighbor's house.  His home is so charming.

Our snow chicken.

All the animals are tucked in and safe in the barn.

It's not too cold for our hens to lay eggs. Most of our hens have continued to do so all winter long.